Brewed by Nickel Brook Brewing Co.
Style: Imperial Stout
Burlington, Canada
Serve in Snifter


on tap

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RATINGS: 71   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.77   SEASONAL: Winter   IBU: 70   EST. CALORIES: 300   ABV: 10%
We kicked it up a notch with our Bolshevik Bastard Imperial Stout, aging it in Kentucky Bourbon barrels. The rich chocolate, coffee and dark fruit flavours from our Imperial Stout are married together with the vanilla, oak and warming alcohol from bourbon barrels. Together as one, the result is an incredible blend of aroma and taste. Drink it today, or cellar it to enjoy later as it matures.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
crazy_cat_lady (241) - - MAY 18, 2014
May 14, 2014. Beer Mavens dinner at beerbistro. ~8 months cellared. Very dark beer with dark tan head. Very boozy bourbon aroma with hints of wood. Lovely smooth mouthfeel. Quite lovely.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
BartmanDrinks (12) - Ontario, CANADA - FEB 14, 2014
Looks like a copper topped dark stout, smells like roasted brown sugar, and tastes like your thoroughbred just won the derby.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
HopsandBolts (201) - Ontario, CANADA - DEC 19, 2014
750 ml bottle from the LCBO. Appearance: Pours a dense black with half a finger of head. Aroma: Firewood, bourbon, spice, molasses, vanilla, flint\gun powder. Flavours: Bourbon, molasses, oak, tobacco, hint of vanilla. Mouthfeel: Smooth, medium viscosity with moderate carbonation. Overall: A very good and unusual stout. The bourbon and molasses aroma are strong along with this flint aroma that Iíve gotten on South African Pinotage but never before in a beer. Just the aromas make this one worth getting. Nice and complex with lots of layers of aroma and flavour. Well balanced overall and the alcohol isnít overly noticeable.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
Helsdon (300) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 9, 2014
Bottle bought at my local LCBO. Yay Nickel Brook! Been waiting for you to nail one. And they did with Kentucky Bastard. Pour with a thin but very dark brown head, dark opaque coffee brown. Aromas of cherry, vanilla and the bourbon. Taste rich and full with cherries, coffee, bourbon, roasty malts. Moderate-low carbonation making a nice creamy mouth-feel. Excellent beer. Thanks!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Randy4Beer (368) - - MAY 23, 2014
A 750ml bottle cellared for 4 months. Pours very dark brown, with a foamy brown head that dissipates rather quickly. Aromas of mocha, chocolate milk, and alcohol. Nice rich mouthfeel. Tastes of coffee, malts, red fruits mainly cherries. Very boozy with bourbon undertones to the whole affair. Overall this is an in your face 10 percenter. Will appeal to lovers of coffee oriented beers, and has a nice warming booziness for those who enjoy that sort of thing. Recommended as a sipper. A definite re-buy.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Eructoblaster (3395) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - DEC 23, 2014
Bottle - 750ml. Pours an opaque black body with low carbonation and an average, brown foamy head. Fantastic, rich, robust malty/hoppy aroma with bourbon, canilla, chocolate, and oaky hints. Alcohol is not agressive at all. Its very well balanced, complex malty/hoppy taste carries bourbon, oaky, chocolate, roasty, licorice, and plummy notes. Texture is soft and bittersweet finish is long, strong, and warming. A gem.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
yarry (528) - Waterdown, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 26, 2012
750 ml bottle, 10% a/v. Christmas gift from my brother who frequents the brewery. Pours a very thick black with a deep brown head. Looks like a meal in a glass! Aroma is complex and interesting, chocolate and coffee from the beer but also a notable scent of bourbon from the barrels it has been aged in. The taste is undeniably powerful and fantastically complex. Starting with espresso and bourbon, with chocolate, roasted nuts and a bit of stone fruit. Every sip brings a new flavor, and its just so well balanced. The palate is remarkably full, and delicious. Very glad my brother got me this brew, perfect for a cold winter night!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
JoeMcPhee (9004) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 21, 2012
Tap at Volo. Deep black pour with a big creamy tan head. The nose has a soft sweet vanilla note along with some bourbon/caramel and a little bit of cocoa. The chocolate and coffee are accentuated much more in this version than in the wine barrel version which seems to focus on fruit and peppery flavour more. Smooth palate and quite warming but is very well integrated. The nose has more of a herbal component but the beer itself is quite malt accented. Awesome.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Cartoonkhaki (1222) - Brantford, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 27, 2014
Dark dark dark .... I shined a torch to it & it was till dark. Beautiful head, a very delicate brown head. Aroma is brilliant sweets. Robust flavours of malty chocolates.... so much going on.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Oakes (13594) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JAN 27, 2015
Bottle from an LCBO in Hamilton. Very dark. Aroma is rich, with lots of molasses, bourbon/vanilla, a dash if burnt sugar, soft finish that has just a touch of alcohol. Itís a very likeable beer, Iíll say that.

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